Younger Lagoon is too pretty (or, meditations on the attractiveness of field sites)

Having spent at least part of my undergrad collecting plants literally on the side of the road, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for this view:

Younger Lagoon
Younger Lagoon in the morning when the fog has dissipated
If you squint, you can see mustards on the far slope
If you squint, you can see mustards on the far slope

Not all of the places I’m investigating for field work are this beautiful, but Younger Lagoon, which is a UC Reserve property, is truly a stunning place. Unfortunately, it isn’t open to the public without a guide, since it’s actively being restored. However, it’s certainly worth getting the tour, or making a friend who does research there! (Ironically, the managers are okay with me sampling/destroying as many mustards as possible since the predominant one, Raphanus, is invasive, so that also makes adds to the attractions of this site.)

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